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Answer, An


Published 1962


John F. Kennedy and other dignitaries review the second fleet and second marine division in action. Superb material of combat aircraft, battleships, carriers, sailors, marines.

President Kennedy (JFK) speaks to audience of Navy personnel. Great color shots of JFK: walking off Air Force One (deplaning), shaking hands & saluting Naval personnel; with LBJ; riding in convertible; visiting NATO "nerve center"; "Thomas A. Edison" Polaris submarine; JFK gets guided tour of submarine; JFK visits the cruiser "Northampton", gets full Naval ceremonial pomp; Bosun's whistle; twilight (sunset) at sea; Senator Byrd shakes hands with Naval personnel; aircraft carrier fleet salutes the President, carrier "Enterprise" offers a gun salute, sailors at attention; helicopters taking off from aircraft carriers; planes dropping bombs in
bomb test exercise; JFK in sunglasses watching the Naval tests; EXCELLENT shots of Naval bomber jets taking off from aircraft carrier decks; POV of front of bomber as it lands on carrier; men in Army uniforms boarding landing craft; EXCELLENT shots of soldiers in landing craft "hitting the beach" (great color); walkie talkies; GREAT war exercises.

PA-1059 ìAn Answerî

03:34:28:07 - 04:02:48:19 Color Sound 1962
"An Answer" --- John F. Kennedy & other dignitaries review the
second fleet and second marine division in action. Superb material
of combat aircraft, battleships, carriers, sailors, marines. Great
color shots of JFK: walking off Air Force One (deplaning), shaking
hands & saluting Naval personnel; with LBJ; riding in convertible;
visiting NATO "nerve center"; "Thomas A. Edison" Polaris submarine;
JFK gets guided tour of submarine; JFK visits the cruiser
"Northampton", gets full Naval ceremonial pomp; twilight (sunset)
at sea; Senator Byrd shakes hands with Naval personnel; aircraft
carrier fleet salutes the President, carrier "Enterprise" offers a
gun salute, sailors at attention; helicopters taking off from
aircraft carriers; planes dropping bombs in bomb test exercise; JFK
in sunglasses watching the Naval tests; EXCELLENT shots of Naval
bomber jets taking off from aircraft carrier decks; POV of front of
bomber as it lands on carrier; men in Army uniforms boarding
landing craft; EXCELLENT shots of soldiers in landing craft
"hitting the beach" (great color); walkie talkies; GREAT war
exercises. Shah of Iran in military uniform. Good informal poses of
JFK.

03:34:28:07 - 03:37:27:12 Color Sound 1962
President Kennedy, JFK, arrives on Navy ship w/ military band
playing "Hail to the Chief." VS JFK giving speech to Navy officers
& crewmen. Sailors, uniforms. Aircraft carrier flight deck scenes:
jets taking off, flight crew working on planes. Great shot of
JFK's famous quote superimposed over ocean, "Ask not what..."

03:37:27:14 - 03:41:15:28 Color Sound 1962
JFK arriving in Virginia for Navy review, deplaning Air Force 1.
Headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (NATO
insignia). Officers saluting JFK & shaking his hand. JFK & Vice
President Johnson, LBJ, signing book. JFK & LBJ in the Operations
Control Center of NATO Atlantic Command. USS Thomas A. Edison, one
of the first Polaris-missile carrying submarines. JFK on board the
Edison, inspecting. Vice President LBJ arriving by Marine
helicopter on board the USS Forrestal, aircraft carrier. JFK
boarding USS Northampton, Heavy Cruiser. VS crew of Northampton.
Great shot of man flashing communication light on ship at night.

03:41:16:05 - 03:43:28:12 Color Sound 1962
Navy flight officer briefing pilots & dignitaries in 'Ready Room'
on board Navy ship. Honduran official talking w/ pilots. Senator
Harry F. Byrd, of Virginia, meeting pilots aboard the aircraft
carrier USS Enterprise. U.S. government officials, foreign
dignitaries, & U.S. Navy personnel eating breakfast together aboard
ship.

03:43:28:13 - 03:46:32:19 Color Sound 1962
U.S. Navy Second Fleet demonstration for JFK. Fleet at sea,
aircraft carriers, destroyers, cruisers, frigates, Navy airplanes.
Navy crewmen saluting, standing at attention on board ships. LS of
the USS Long Beach, first nuclear powered cruiser. Amphibious
assault ship w/ marines. JFK arriving by helicopter (Marine 1) on
board the USS Enterprise, crewmen saluting. Flight deck crew
attaching anti-submarine rockets to jet fighter. A Grumman S2-F
Tracker radar & patrol aircraft taking off. Navy carrier
helicopters taking off, flying in formation. USS Thresher,
submarine, at sea. Military training.

03:46:32:20 - 03:49:03:02 Color Sound 1962
JFK wearing sunglasses aboard Navy ship w/ other officials during
Navy presentation. Lockheed P2V Neptune airplane firing rockets at
targets on sea. Aircraft dropping anti-submarine bombs into ocean,
explosions send water spraying in to air. Anti-submarine missile
fired from ship. VS Navy officers & government officials watching
display of Navy power. VS U.S. Navy destroyer in action. JFK
walking w/ Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. Navy ship
firing 'Terrier' surface-to-air missiles at airplane drone,
destroying it.

03:49:03:03 - 03:54:27:24 Color Sound 1962
Aircraft carriers USS Enterprise & USS Forrestal at sea. Aircraft
on flight deck. Profile of Navy Quartermaster General Webster
Anderson. McDonnell F4H Phantom fighter jet taking off from flight
deck. VS A5 Vigilante, attack bomber taking off. VS jets taking
off from flight deck in quick succession, flying in formation,
firing rockets in air, flight crews watching from ship. JFK
watches airplanes & points to sky. Attack bombers drop ordnance
into ocean, causing line of explosions. Excellent aircraft POV
shot landing on carrier. Military training. President Kennedy
speaking to Navy personnel at podium on board USS Enterprise.
Military band plays "Hail to the Chief" as JFK exits, boards
helicopter (Marine 1).

03:54:27:25 - 03:56:07:15 Color Sound 1962
Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. President Kennedy, JFK, motorcade
arrives for review of camp & military operations. VS troops,
tanks, army equipment. Airplanes, fighter jets, flying in
formation. Review stand w/ foreign dignitaries & U.S. government
officials. JFK walking w/ Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Shah
Pahlavi, dressed in military uniform & saluting.

03:56:07:16 - 03:59:58:21 Color Sound 1962
Military demonstration for JFK, government officials, & foreign
dignitaries. Troops boarding on to landing craft from ships.
Soldiers boarding on to helicopters on flight deck of aircraft
carriers. Navy frogmen in wetsuits & flippers jumping in to water
from motorized raft. Frogmen getting back on raft w/ help from man
holding looped rope. Attack bomber airplane dropping bomb on beach
w/ explosion. Naval bombardment of beach. Landing crafts on
beaches, Marines running from them. Invasions, military training,
war exercises. Troops on beach w/ weapons, using radios. Tanks
rolling on to beach from water.

03:59:58:22 - 04:02:48:19 Color Sound 1962
Military demonstration for JFK, government officials, & foreign
dignitaries. Bogue Field, North Carolina (Marine Corps Auxiliary
Landing Field). Short airfield for tactical support. Douglas A-4
Skyhawk taking off on runway, different Skyhawk landing. JFK &
Shah of Iran watching airplane demonstration. Lockheed C-130
Hercules transport airplane taking off on runway. JFK & Secretary
of Defense McNamara boarding Air Force 1 after demonstration.
Troops & officers saluting President. VS Navy crewmen, Marines,
flight deck crew. Grumman S-2 Tracker landing on aircraft carrier.
More carriers, destroyers, cruisers, battleships, submarines. End
credits


12:30:12:22 VS marines at attention; band begins to play as President Kennedy enters frame. VS President Kennedy steps up to podium, bottom of banner above him reads CVAN-65. Kennedy addresses the Navy troops and thanks them for their service. VS CU Navy soldiers listening to Pres. Kennedy attentively.

12:32:27:04 CU Navy fighter plane takes off of battleship, VS on runway.

12:33:12:00 Stock shot Pres. Kennedy disembarks plane at Oceana, Virginia. VS Kennedy greeted by Navy on runway. Headquarters of the Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic Admiral Robert L. Dennison. VS Kennedy shakes hands with various officers of NATO nations. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson sign names in book. VS Pres. Kennedy and Vice Pres. Johnson in Nerve Center operation control center.

12:34:55:25 Great shot of the Thomas A. Edison Polaris submarine sailing in ocean; Kennedy is given tour by five Navy officers of submarine in Norfolk, Virginia armed with polaris missles. Vice Pres. Johnson arrives by helicopter, men in green, red, blue and yellow outfits and matching hats salute Johnson.

12:36:07:12 VS on deck the cruiser flagship Northhampton of the Atlantic fleet. CU Navy soldier,VS Navy men. Pres. Kennedy boards ship.

12:37:40:20 Navy bombardier in orange jumpsuit speaks with the ambassador from the Republic of Mali. CU ambassador of Honduras, Navy pilot answers ambassador in Spanish. Two Navy pilots in orange jumpsuits speak with Senator Byrd of West Virginia, CU Senator Byrd.

12:38:46:00 CU single-serving box of Kellog’s Corn Flakes beside glass bottle of ketchup pans out to show Navy men eating breakfast with politicians.

12:39:13:01 VS aerials of Navy destroyer fleet.VS Navy destroyers and battleships out at sea.

12:40:56:28 Stock shot of Kennedy wearing sunglasses walking away from helicopter, Men in brightly colored blue, red, green and yellow shirt with matching hoods salute the president. VS various aircraft, planes and helicopters taking off of destroyer, aerials aircraft demonstrating their capabilities. Kennedy watches demonstration. Guns fire and into water, explosion in water between destroyers. Bombs dropped into ocean, large explosions in water. VS fighter planes catapulted into take-off on destroyer. VS fighter planes in air, firing guns into ocean, explosions in water.

12:48:51:12 Great POV shot from fighter plane landing on destroyer.

12:49:15:12 Pres. Kennedy at podium delivering speech to Navy.

12:50:46:12 VS Army soldier at attention in front of enormous missile shell; VS soldiers in line wearing camouflage helmets and carrying rifle with bayonet over their shoulders.

12:52:42:12 VS Navy seals jump off back of speeding boat wearing flippers on their feet; man hold out rings and pulls soldiers up from water while speeding by on a raft.

12:53:11:11 Plane flies across frame and drops bomb; large fiery explosion. VS explosions in demonstration; Kennedy wearing sunglasses smiling while watching military operations demonstration in bleachers with army officers. VS amphibious vehicles landing on beach, hundreds of soldiers climb out of amphibious boats onto shore. VS soldiers in mock battle on beach.

12:55:43:29 VS Pres. Kennedy arrives at Bode Field’s short airfield for demonstration. Kennedy boards plane for Washington. VS men of Navy and Marine Corps.


Producer U.S. Naval Photographic Center, Atlantic Fleet Mobile Photographic Unit and Seneca Productions [New York, New York]
Sponsor U.S. Navy, Chief of Naval Operations
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviews

Reviewer: Spuzz - - August 31, 2012
Subject: JFK goes AWOL
A movie seemingly split in two, the first part starts off strongly, as JFK arrives for a day or 2 of reviewing Military exercises. He arrives at the first in a linousine convertible (!!) Such an image is unsettling now. He observes one military exercise, while Vice Prez Johnson goes off and views another. There are also members of the Capitol and Various world leaders on hand. Quite a fascinating shot of 1960's. Unfortunately, it gets bogged down in the 2nd half, where we focus on the military maneuvers. While quite fascinating and amazing to look at, it's sort of a let down especially after the very exciting first half.
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